The following email was sent to us by Geoff & Merrilyn Reeves from Queensland, Australia. ....
"In the course of Examining out family history, we often came across the Area known as Werneth Low and my wife remembers her grandmother speaking fondly of it as she was growing up in Tasmania.
On my wife’s side of the family, it is well established that her grandmother Ethel Maud Widdowson and Joshua Hadfield moved from Hyde to Launceston Tasmania Australia
Phyllis Hadfield (her mother) came with them as a 3 year old, about 1912
Merrilyn’s grand father Joshua Hadfield married Ethel Maud Widdowson in August 4th 1907 the Ceremony that took place at St Pauls Church Werneth.
We tried to find the church back when we visited in 2000 but failed, so adjourned to the magnificent old pub at the top of the hill with the great view and gave up.!
The question we have is: the address provided on the marriage certificate where they lived is Low Top Farm Werneth
We do not know why but we think this farm property, if that is what it is, was owned by a Thomas Widdowson, who may be Ethel Maud’s Father
Can any one assist in providing information about either the Farm or the two family’sMuch appreciated for any assistance".
Map showing Low Top Farm 1875
Map from 1910
Aerial view of Low Top Farm circa 1970's
Modern map showing Low Top Farm
Map showing the site of St Pauls Gee Cross 1870's
St Pauls became Holy Trinity Church after part of the township of Werneth was transferred to the district of Gee Cross. Is this the church you mean ? See links below for more information.
St Pauls Werneth Holy Trinity Gee Cross
Many Thanks, Geoff and Merrilyn. I hope we can find out a little more information for you through the blog :)